Originally Posted by MacTripper
Yep, Mac's and PC's were two different machines too back then. Different processors, hardware and operating systems.
Long ago "Get a Apple" was Apple Computers slogan, as they had different models, the Apple IIe, the Lisa and the Macintosh and so on.
The name "Mac" wasn't just because of the OS, but because the hardware was different than the PC's. The Lisa ran the same sort of OS as a Mac did.
You're wrong with so many of your statements that it is obvious that you weren't around in the early computing days, and did no research. For example, you have said that early computers didn't have an OS, you just ran programs and they ran on any computer, but all computers had to have an operating system
or they couldn't operate
. Some history from Wikepedia:The computer word boot is short for 'bootstrap' (short for 'bootstrap load'). The term bootstrap began as a metaphor derived from pull straps sewn onto the backs of leather boots with which a person could pull on their boots without outside help. In computers in the 1950s, pressing a bootstrap button caused a hardwired program to read a bootstrap program from a punched card and then execute the loaded boot program which loaded a larger system of programs from punched cards into memory, without further help from the human operator. In a computing context, that word has been used since at least 1958.
Hence the term to "boot up" the computer. Later, the hard wired program read the OS from read only memory (ROM) chips already on the mother board. When floppy disks finally became "affordable",
they could extend the operating system as they weren't constrained by the cost and size limits of ROMs. The computer still had the basic OS on ROM, allowing it to start with or without an operating system on disk, but they could do more with one. Early programs were often sold with the operating system on the same disk, so it didn't seem to need one, but once programs became too big, you either had to have two floppy drives or continuously swap the system and program disks when prompted. Once hard drives were introduced, they made this dance obsolete.
Back to your above quoted point, When the Macintosh was introduced, Apple was still selling and supporting earlier models (Apple ][, Apple ][e, Apple ][c, Apple ][gs and of course the Lisa). The ][gs used a GUI version of the ProDOS that the earlier Apple ][s used, and the Lisa extended that concept (and added other features). The Macintosh had yet another OS, partly based on the Lisa OS, but wasn't compatible with it, so to differentiate what OS ran on which Apple computer, they had to call it Mac OS, so as you can now see, it does come from the model name of Macintosh.
Today Mac's and PC's (both personal computers) are the basically the same machines in hardware. There is no drastic difference between the two, except the operating system that comes pre-installed on them.
OS X, Windows, Linux and Unix can each run on either Mac's or PC's as long as any hardware drivers needed are compatible.
Apple is now saddled with teaching the world in order to protect it's intellectual property, I think just adding a special piece of hardware needed for OS X to run on Mac's would have been a much easier solution.
Apple not only thought of that, they did have something that made the Mac different than Windows computers, so no, you can't just install the Mac OS and drivers on a PC designed for Windows or Windows and drivers on a Mac. You have to use Bootcamp on the Mac or an illegal workaround on the PC, for example RebelEFI to fool the MacOS that it is being installed on a Mac. then
you install the OS and drivers.
As mentioned previously, Apple won't come after you for circumventing this difference, but it will if you charge to do it for others, or charge for a program (RebelEFI) to allow your customer to do it.
Since Microsoft doesn't (at least yet) sell computers, they only want to sell the OS so they don't care what computer you install it on, but they do sell game consoles (X-Box in its various models) and the Zune, and they will
come after you if you try to install the software that runs them on other brands. After they failed to gain ground on Apple's iPod and iTunes music store with the "Plays for sure" Windows media player eco-system, they made sure no other MP3 player could use the Zune OS or Zune Marketplace, shutting out even the MP3 manufacturers that they previously called their partners.